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/t: ];-U: '.! . v ): " ()L: :':':p ":[StS Thursday, August 18, 2011 Family waits and watches as river destroys farm Disaster can happen anywhere, any- time; sometimes with and sometimes without warning. Many times, we re- turn shortly therafter to the destruction homes, property, lives and begin to clear up, clean out d rebuild. In the case of those affected by this year's flooding, it may not always be possible to begin again, as often the water does not rapidly recede, and it becomes a waiting game that will try the patience of many. Such is the case of Jim Jochim, an 80-year-old farmer, and his wife, Jean, who have lived on and farmed land in Rockport, Mo., for years. Jochim is the father of Kansas area veterinarian, Dr. Jim Jochim. and father-in-law to Rhonda, who brought the story of the Missouri River flood victims to the the att6ntion of this publication. Described by his daughter-in-law as a "m0n of determination," this is the third time that Jim Jochim, Sr., has lost his home and farmland to Missouri River flooding. The farm has been m the family for many generations and he was only a young boy when it first occurred in 1956. He then re-experi- enced the nightmare in 1993 and now again m 2011. "It is like a horror movie," said Rhonda, who recently visited with her father-in-law and became witness to the reality of what water can do in terms of damages, when large rivers, such as the Missouri spill over their banks. "I was out near the flooding for maybe 213 minutes before I started gag- ging." said Rhonda. When extensive flooding occurs. suchas what has occurred along the Missouri River. t attracts insects and exudes an indescribably unpleasant odor because of the mix of fish, waste and sewage that has been affected in the flood. 'We drove out there and our windshield was black in no time from the bugs." said Rhonda. In order to actually visit the flooded farmlands, once must have farmland in the area being viewed and obtain a pass and have valid tetanus shots. The Na- tional Guard is stationed along access points and the flooded areas are heavily guarded from those simply wanting to look. "If anyone is caught in the water," said Rhonda, "they receive a $40.000 fine and if anyone is found out on the Brownville Bridge, they are ticketed either by the state patrol or National Guard for $1.000.'" Countless numbers 8f long-time residents to the communities near Rockport which lie near the Missouri River have been left homeless: fami- lies have been split due to transporta- tion and living issues and making it to one's area of employment is a great challenge. "Many people from Rockport work in Auburn." said Rhonda. Now with the interstate closed from Nebraska City to Rockport because the water is e/trier at its edge or covering it. she reports that many are now required to commute to distant workplaces by go- ing through St. Joseph which increases their travel time to two hours. Some who commuted were living tempo- rarily at Peru State College in Ne- braska, but now that school is starting again for the fall semester, these people will again be displaced. It is reported that some flood victims have become residents at an area assistedtiving cen- ter even though they are not yet techni- cally old enough to reside there. Addi- tionally, though only working with a skeleton crew. those who work at the Cooper Nuclear Plant are taken by boat to work. While many have chosen to stay and wait out the flood waters, many yet still have not choice and are forced to abandon their homes and the lives they once knew. For those who do leave, the. rule of thumb, reports Rhonda, is that any item that is worth more than $250, they try to take with them. If some- thing is worth less than $250, it is left behind. Getting into one's home in order to salvage items is a challenge, not only because of the protection of the Na- tional Guard, but also because of what now lurks in the water itself. "Many people have fashioned a hay hook onto a pitchfork when they go into retrieve their household items because the houses are now inundated by water moccasins," said Rhonda. The water moccasin, which is equivalent in dan- ger to the Nebraska ratttlesnake, is now quite prevalent in the flooded homes of those near the Missouri River, Other residents, such as those in the nearby town of Watson, persevere de- spite lack of modern convenience. Watson, located north of Rockport was ordered evacuated, but some residents chose to remain, having nowhere else to go and now live without electricity, which was shut off following the evacu- ation for safety reasons. Compared to the photographs taken by Rhonda Jochim six to seven weeks ago, the water across farmlands now reaches past the level of a pivot. It is expected that Jim Jochim, Sr., will not be able to return to his farm- land nor access the roads to get there, which are now covered until some- times between next spring or fall. While the home the Jochim' s had in 1993 was salvageable becausethe water only remained for one week in the house, the home where they lived this year has been affected by the flood waters far too long and is expected to disintegrate beyond repair. The Jochims did have a home they were building in the bluff near Rockport and were able to move there, Financially, however, recovery of lost homes, land, crops, is expected to take more than seven years, according to Jean Jochim, Jim's wife. Among the many victims of the floods, there is the livestock which farmers, including Jim Jochim are now struggling to find locations for them to be moved, as well as enough hay to feed the cattle and worrying how they will fair once winter comes. "He used to get 250 bales of hay, but he could only get 70 now," said Rhonda of her father-in-law's struggles to place and feed his cattle. Assistace from FEMA comes only if residents fall within certain guide- lines. Many, such as Jim Jochim, St., rebuilt their farms, homes and lives following the 1993 flood, without FEMA assistance. "It was all hard work and determination,FEMA does not help everyone," said Rhonda. It is expected that many residents will again begin the long road to recovery of their losses this year without FEMA assistance. Rhonda states that she the story of her father-in-law and other Missouri River flood victims, because she felt it was important for those not familiar with flood disasters to see and under- stand what it is that some must struggle with. "Everyone has hardships," said Rhonda, "but with strong will and de- termination, you can get through any- thing." Water nas flowed from bluff to bluff along the Missouri River near Rockport, where Jim and Jean Jochim farm. Rhonda Jochim, Byron, reports the financial hardships on area residents is far greater than iust flood damage. Traveling to cos which once took minutes now can take one to two hours. SMALL SQUARE HAY BALES Brome $4 per bale Alfalfa $5 per bale Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.rn.-5:30 p.m Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 155 N. Central, Superior, NE 68978 402-879-3296 v |, r , r ........ r,Tr ,- SEASONAL A.C.Checkups Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon $00:ott Rppliance 341 N. Central, Superior, Neb. 402-879-3501 Jim Jochim taken by his da covering most tands along the flooded Missouri River and gazes at his farmstead near Rockport, Mo. This photo was Jghter-in-law, Rhonda Jochim, Byron, in June. During the next six weeks the river rose another 12 feet )f the buildings shown and washing away the road where Jim stands. II Olive Hill By Rosemary Ha semeyer i i Hymns sung during the Sunday morning worshi F service at the Olive Hill Church were "This is My Father' s World", "Great is Thy Faithfulness", "His name is W mderful" and "Rock of Ages" with L' nn Wilton accompa- nying the congrl gation on the piano, Beverly Frost w ts song leader, Pastor David Watters I: fought the children's Bible story and i nessage, ushers were Roger Wilton ar d Dwight Frost. Paul and Linda Hutcl unson were accepted into membershil,. Pastor David and CarolWatters wilt host the congre ation's August gath- enng at their Lo cewell Lake home, at 6:30 p.m., Fri& y. They will furnish and grill the me t andeveryone else is t6 bring salads and desserts. Last Tuesdal, Linda Hutchinson and Melanie Mil :kelsen, Ruskin. went to Lincoln and v is/ted with Tanya and Cannon Lynch. 2annon accomped his grandmothel and aunt home/Can- non was a house guest of his grandpar- I. ents, Paul and Lmda Hutchinson. through Saturday evening. Friday, Lorm t Wilton accompanied Wendy Harris :o Red Cloud where they toured Kot ntry Kreations. Kim- berly Harris an Todd Davis are the owners. Jerry, Mict lle, Kerrigan and Kannon Cool, fork, came Saturday and were oveJnight guests of his mother, Twila Cool. On Saturday, Jerry, Miclhelle, Kerrigan and Kannon attended IEsbon:'est. Dave and G enna Reling, Cawker City, and their  randchildren, Megan. Colton and Stevi: May, Superior. Laura Parr, Josie, Syd aey, Lindsey and Jill, Roseland, staye a Friday and Saturday at the home of Robin, M0dis0n and Wichita. The Relmgs Maggie Jehorek " " " took their gra dchildren. Megan, Colton, Stevie, Madison and Maggie, shopping befor( school starts. Glenna telephoned her parents. Gerald and Jacqueline Boy tes. to let them know they had returnq:d home. Darren, Jess/:a and Allison Thomp- son, Hallie St:nad, Ruth and Lale Oellegich, Davenport, attended the Sunday mornlr g worship service at the First Bapt:st Church, Superior, where Allison s rved as pianist for the last time. Allis m played special mu- sic. Later, The all had dinner at a Superior cafe. Justin, Meg ;ie, Isabel and Rylan McCutcheon. (u/de Rock. were Sun- day morning v sitors at the home of Twila Cool ard visited with Jerry, Michelle, Kerr/gan and Kannon Cool. Linda Hutcl inson, Cannon Lynch. Hickman, MaJcia and Nash Ehlers. Nelson, visited he Hastings water park. on Friday. Darren, Jess/ca and Allison Thomp- son attended tt e variety show held in Superior. Thul sday evening. Allison played a piano ;olo during the show. Jim Keifer, 6u/de Rock, was a last Tuesday afternoon visitor of Gary and Jerry HasemeyCr. Steph and Golton McCutcheon, Pastor Floyd anal Virginia Richardson, Superior, were last Tuesday visitors in the home of Lona Wilton. Bruce and Rose Marie Chapman attended a get-together at the home of Dr. James and Deloris Teachworth in observances of the Teachworths 50th wedding anniversary. Saturday evening, Paul and Linda / ay, 25 Hutchinson attended a birthday party honoring Jerry Beck, Hebron. Wendy Harris, Burr Oak, andJanice McCutcheon showed slides of their mission trip to Zambia, Africa, Sun- day evening at the First Baptist Church, Superior. Lorna Wilton was among those who attended. Hallie Strnad, Superior, was a Fri- day afternoon through Sunday evening houseguest\\;of Darren, Jess/ca and All/so / n Thompson. , Republic" By MS. Alvin Petersen .... Leslie Ann Fogle, Plainville, was a weekehd guest of Mary Agnes Johnson and celebrated her birthday. Sunday guests WereWayne and Colby Johnson. Jim and Evelyn Hurley, Ralph and Mary Jane Hallack. Jean Farlee and Mary Agnes Johnson had supper to- gether to celebrate the Johnsons' wed- ding anhiversary. Ward and llene Aurand were guests of John and Elaine Guilkey in Supe- rior. Blake and Marilyn Nickols, Wichita. were weekend guests of Jean Farlee and attended the Republic County Fair. Glenna Brown called on Ray and Donna Clark. Misty Ghele,,Cheyenne Wyo., was a guest of Dean and Deanna Hobelmann. The MNO group met at Courtland for lunch and to celebrate Linda Ayers' birthday. The meeting was hosted by Jodi File. Darlene Melton conducted Mead- owlark Hospice Monday afternoon at the Republic UM Church. the film "AT DEATH'S DOOR" was shown, discussion followed. The TREE OF LIGHTS was briefly discussed. Darlene furnished a variety of cookies and tea and coffee were available. Present were Pastor Roger Walls, Connie Smith. Mary Agnes Johnson, Jean Farlee and Virginia Petersen. Morning coffee guests of Jean Farlee wereRalph and Mary Jane Hallack Guests for the fair week and races at the home of Kent and Cathy Chase were A1 and Jeanette Albers, Ransom, Kan. and Cory and Wendy Pettit, Clay Center, Kan. All of the above helped Don, Dawn and Dare/Morley move into their home. Attending an air show in Salina were'Bill and Connie Smith and Chan- dler: Bob and Shirley Gunn and there they met Jason. Whitney, Nevaeh and Trista Spitler. The I GO YOU GO coffee was held last Tuesday morning. Attending were Eleanor McEwen. Pat McCune, Nancy Knopp, Ila Marie Van Nortwick. Evelyn Hurley and Mary Agnes JohnSon. Lorraine Evert and Ron and Vickie Adams Land Title Company Title Insurance Abstracting 1031 Exchanges, Escrow Closing ReSidential--C0mmerciaI--Agdcultural 422 N. Hastings Ave., Ste 102, Hastings; Neb., 68901 Phone: 402-463-4t980 Evening Hrs: 402-756-7087 Email: adamslt@windstream.net Website: www.adamslt.c0m Hallagin were weekend guests of Betty Evert. Betty Bouray has been celebrating her birthday which came during fair week with several friends. The Dis- covery Club surprised her with a party complete with cake, party hats and noisemakers. Jess/ca Jensen who also shares the day brought her some of her ice cream cake. Evelyn Hurley assisted with the judging at the fair last Tuesday. II I Nora By Helen Gebers i Thursday evening Steve and Diane Gebers, Dave and Sherry Gebers and Haley and Helen Gebers attended the Agrex 30th anniversary supper. Mary Ann Meyer Visited Dean and Maxine Hall in Superior last Monday. Helen Gebers visited Theresa Per ters and Edna Epley at the Victorian Legacy in Superior last Wednesday. Fritay evening Vaden and Mary Ann Lane, Blue Hill, visited Helen Gebers and they ate supper together in Supe- rior. Saturday morning Marvin and Vir- ginia Lewis and Helen Gebers attended the funeral for Orville Meyer at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Ruskin. Helen ate dinner with Nancy Hofts, Sherry Hofts and Haley and Sarah Mueller,Saturday noon at a Nelson cafe. Saturday evening supper guests of Helen were Heath and Hutch Finke, Curtis and Louisa Fintel and Norman and Rosella Lunzmann. Melba Lynch attended the Danish Brotherhood steak fry at the Soren and Rhea Thomsen home Saturday evening. Many people attended the Bud Jones memorial service and dinner at the former Nora rodeo grounds Sunday. Steve and Connie Becker attended a 50th birthday party for Brent Jensen at the Legion Club Banquet Hall in Nelson Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening they were among guests of Steve and Pat Lake in Superior. Last weekend the Adamson family had a family reunion. Friday evening Joan Hackett, Dakota Dunes, S. D., Jan Grummert, Atlanta, Ga., Cliff and Bey Sutherland, Omaha, Janet Adamson, Lincoln, Neb., Gloria Oster, Gaston, Ore., Betty Adamson, Deshler, Karen Thayer, and Dean Adamson and Cindy, Nelson, Darry Ward and Newell Wilhelms, Nelson, ate supper together at a Nelson care. Saturday night Mike Thayer and Mike and Sharon Wenig Omaha, joined the group for a picnic supper at Dean Adamson's home in ,Nelson. Most of them attended church Sunday morning and had dinner to- gether at a Hardy cafe. I I O ak By Phyllis Schmitt Philip Sears of Oklahona City spent the weekend in Oak. On Saturday, he helped with the VBS Fun Day at the church, and on Sunday, he was in charge of the church service. While here, he and his grandmother, Verla Snyder, visited Pauline Hanson Saturday evening, and on Sunday, they were guests of Francis and Beth Garrison of Bruning before Philip left to return home. Saturday was really a fun day for all, adults as well as children, at the First Community Church. After Bible stories, singing and a video, games were played, along with water slides, etc. Susie Elting of Davenport brought her Amish buggy and horse, Morrie, down to giver/des. Theday concluded with a cookout and potluck supper: Charlene Schultz gave a flannelgraph story about Joseph and his coat of many colors. Riqk and Cheryl Schmitt and fam- ily of Parker, Colo., got to Oak in time for a buggy ride and to join in the hot dog meal at the church. They came to visit family, especially his mother. Phyllis Schmitt, and to attend the re- union of extended family held in Nelson on Sunday. They also attended church with Phyllis on Sunday morning. Phyllis Schmitt joined pther Red Hat Border Babes at Lovewell State Park for breakfast last Tuesday morn- ing. After arriving home, Jackie Cox was a lunch guest of Phyllis. Sharon Anderson and Doris Ahrens were guests of Pat Brusseau for cards and snacks last Wednesday night. Donna Gillan accompanied Cheryl Jensen to Hastings last Wednesday. Phil and Gerry Eckles and Dick and Carol Eckles were overnight guests of Sarah and Ben Vanhorn of Lincoln, Neb., on Thursday, going for medical appointments. Rhonda Brubacher, Sara and David, and Sondra Peterson joined the Eckles for supper out Thursday night. Gerry spent most of Friday with Sondra, and then was an overnight guest of Rhonda and family. They also ate out Friday night to celebrateTracy Murray' s birth- day. Phyllis Schmitt and great-grand- daughter, Molley Drohman. took Verla Snyder to Hebron on Thursday for a dentist appointment. Later in the day, Phyllis visited Pauline Hanson in Su- perior. On Friday evening, Phyllis was among those who attended [he benefit for Patrick Skinner in Edgar. On Sat- urday afternoon, Phyllis attended the 50th wedding anniversary open house honoring Jon and Leona Scoville in Geneva. They are the parents of Phyllis' daughter-in-law, Kelly Schmitt. Barb Glasser came on Friday to the home of her mother, Donna Gillan. She was here for the surp'ise 50th birthday party honoring Brent Jensen held on Saturday at the Nelson Legion Club. A noon lunch was served for family and friends and an open house from 2 to 4 pro. Saturday evening, Donna, Barb, and Terri Oltmans went to the Jensen farm home for supper. Sunday evening a, isitors of Pauline Hanson were her great-grandson, Brett Garver, and friend Tiffany of Tecumseh. Donna Gillan, Donna Fishel, June Troudt and LaVera Meyer ate out in Superior on Sunday, then attended the open house honoring Frank Harris on his 96th birthday held at the Superior Good Samaritan Center. Phyllis Schmitt and other family members attended the Horst family reunion held at Nelson on Sunday. This correspondent received 2.10 inches of rain during the night Sun- day. It was very welcome. IIII I Highland By IvaLee Jacobitz i Thursday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Porter were Lorain Faimon and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Krebsbach, and Arnold's sister, LaVona. Mrs. Darrell Jensen and Muriel Follmer were last Monday coffee guests of Mrs. Gene Buresh. LasTuesday, Muriel was among others who worked with corn for the freezer at the Brent , f Jensen home. Denms Follmer was a Friday supper guest of his mother, Muriel. Ed Heinz visited Muriel Sat- urday. Muriel accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Follmer to Kearney Saturday afternoon to attend the wedding aid reception honoring Don' s nephew, Dan Folhner. Dan is the son of the late Jerry Folhner. While in Superior on business last Monday, Ivalee Jacobitz called on Ila Mellott. Last Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. John Jensen and Ivalee had supper at a cafe to celebrate John's birthday. Thursday evening, Mrs. John Jensen and Muriel accompanied Ivalee to the variety show at Superior. Ivalee visited Vera Tippin Friday afternoon when she went to get Evan and Emily Jacobitz who spent the day with Vera. The children were over- night guests of their grandma. Ivalee visited Vic Jacobitz Friday morning. Donna Fishel was a Saturday evening visitor of Ivalee. Mr. and Mrs. Don Cassell were guests the weekend of Au. 6 and 7 with Mr. and Mrs. Scott Clements and girls of Marte!l. Don and Pggy were at Geneva Friday night an d Saturday welcoming their new grandson, Hoyt Don Cassell. son of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Cassell. Joel and Jace Hoelting were Sunday guests of Don and Peggy. Mr. and Mrs. Eldrick Grummert were Sunday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Milvern Grummertat Gtenvil. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sehiermeyer of West End, N.C. and Mr. and Mrs. Eldrick Grummert were lunch guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Schiermeyer at Lawrence Monday, Word has been received Ofthe death of Jim Rouse formerly of the Highland community. Survivors include his sis- ter, Mary Ellen Kincannon. and his brother, Dick. 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The original building was built in 1974, since then many items have been donated to the museum and we are out of room. The add t/on would include office space, a conference room to use for meetings of all kinds, a large clothes closet, our current closet is overflowing and we really need the space for items that have been donated. We would greatly appreciate any contributions-all contributions are tax deductible as the Nuckolls County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization. Nuckolls County Museum donation for the new project need your help. Now. Donations received include: Hubert Simonsen Gayle and Gwen Johnson Sharon Bohling Russ and Donna Genung Mr. and Mrs. Tim Scmidt Loren and Esther Renz Gerald and Janice Spurgin Enid A. Carter Schlichtman Farms Lee Clabaugh Mr. and Mrs. Van Skiver Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Garrison Pat Boozikee-Memorial Hansen Hubert Simonsen-Memorial Hansen Gayle Johnson- Memorial Ferris Loren Renz-Memorial Ferris Marge Stickleman-Memorial Bargen Ron and Jan Britten-Memorial Dee Johnston Joel and Dee Ferris-Memorial Ferris ................................................................. Nuckolis County Museum PO Box 414, 612 E. 6th St., Superior, Neb 68978 Phyllis Shroyer-Memorial Ferris Central National Bank Loetta Pedersen-Memorial Leora Loetta Pedersen-Memorial Gwen Pedersen Cash Donation- Anonymous Andy Montgomery-Memorial Ferris Chuck Vauple Family-Memorial Ferris Nuckolls Co. Historical Society-Building Enclosed is $ Name Address. Please use this gift as a memorial to Vernon and Liz Kaldahl Leonard Erickson Gary Rupp and Rhonda Jaeger Kim and Nita Kim Dey.q Farmers and Merchants Bank Lois Leslie-Memorial Paul Leslie John Price Jr. Family